Hundred Islands, Philippines – Tuesday 3rd March 2015

Hundred Islands is a national park, consisting of 123 islands at high tide and 124 islands at low tide, although only three islands have been developed for tourism.

We woke to sunshine but rough seas, we are at anchor today so hope we can get ashore via the tenders…could be a rocky ride. There is only one big tour today around the hundred islands…a great opportunity for some snorkelling. But we are just going to catch the tender over to Quezon Island for a walk around and a paddle…well Vance will have a swim in the warm sea and I’ll just paddle.

Quite a rough crossing from the ship to the island but when we arrived there was a fantastic welcome from the locals…we were welcomed with singing and dancing and everyone was given a local necklace and a sun hat. The crew (those who were not working that morning) loved it and were soon swimming in the clear, warm waters or sunbathing on the small beach.

Welcome

Welcome

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On our way back to the ship we were joined by a Philippine TV crew who were doing a small documentary about the Sojourn coming to Hundred Islands. It was quite rough on the return tender trip and at one stage I thought one of the cameramen was going to drop his camera overboard as he was leaning so far out of the tender in order to get good pictures of the approach to the Sojourn.

Film It Boys

Film It Boys

Then later, back on the ship, I was interviewed (in the swimming pool) and asked about our trip to Quezon. I’m getting quite good at this interview thing…first in Rio 3 years ago and now in the Philippines. That evening it was shown on ABS-CBN News…Vance was in the trailer but no sight of me…either my bit was in the actual documentary not the trailer…or more likely cut!!.

This afternoon the Marina was put out and guests could indulge in a variety of water sports off the back of the ship…not for me!!